Saturday, August 2, 2014

GET OVER IT (2001)

Directed By: Tommy O’Haver 
Written By: R. Lee Flemming Jr. 
Cinematography By: Maryse Alberti 
Editor: Jeff Betancourt 

Cast: Ben Foster, Kirsten Dunst, Melissa Sagemiller, Colin Hanks, Shane West, Martin Short, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Carmen Electra, Swoosie Kurtz, Ed Begley Jr., Christopher Jacot, Coolio, Kylie Bax

When Berke Landers, a popular high school basketball star, gets dumped by his life-long girlfriend, Allison, he soon begins to lose it. But with the help of his best friend Felix's sister Kelly, he follows his ex into the school's spring musical. Thus endues a love triangle loosely based upon Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", where Berke is only to find himself getting over Allison and beginning to fall for Kelly

Kirsten Dunst makes her singing debut with "Dream of Me", which is also included on the film soundtrack.

This is a strange movie even for being a teen film. I applies it do trying to be something different and have fun with the genre. Though watching the film everything and everyone seems a bit off.

Most of the actors are long in the tooth to play their roles. They look generic instead of noteworthy especially the wardrobe. Especially as it seems an effort to make the cast look younger than they are. The outfits are loud and unflattering.

Mila Kunis who seems to be one of the only actors their characters age. Looks too young to be in the movie and really has nothing to do. Except for look pretty in a handful of scenes

The film tries to be like every teen high shook movie cliche mixed in a blender and released onto the screen.

Even Kirsten Dunst seems above this. It seems like most of the cast took the film just to take part in a genre that was once popular, but by then was common and dying. That seems just trying to tie into any fad they could find. Kirsten Dunst makes her singing debut with "Dream of Me", which is also included on the film soundtrack.

Proof comes in the form of pop star Vitamin C. At the time of the films release she was a popular pop star. who in the film follows and sings/narrates points of the story. Just as Jonathan Richman did in THERE's something about Mary. And has another pop star at the time sisqo in a supporting role even though he looks to old and brings nothing to the movie except for the end credits song and dance sequence.

Late singer and actress Aaliyah was considered to play the role of Maggie in the film, but the part was given to Zoe Saldana.

Ben Foster looks lost and embarassed in the leading role. Just like how his character seems to feel in the high school play. Foster was coming off the Disney show FLASH FORWARD. So since this character is more reserved and normal he has no real quirks to play and no real personality. He has nothing to do most of the time other then react. Leaving him no room to be memorable

Somehow the filmmakers got Martin Short to be in the film. I don't always find him funny, but he is a very talented actor and comedian. Here it feels like he is slumming to maybe entertain a new legion of fans. He does what he can though I do believe they let him improv and ab-lib most of his role. As he is better than this film as is most of the cast. He is definitely better then the material. He makes the film feel like a cult novelty

The film does have a few joys. But it is mostly disposable. Some of the cast are more recognizable and famous now. Here in this film they have smaller supporting roles.

Maybe it's just that the film was written earlier then it's production. And was changed over the years and rewritten to try to be hop ad comment on youth culture. Then just took too long To get Into production. So everything. In the film appears late or out of time and stale by the time the film was made or maybe the film is just bad. It was written by the same writer of SHE’S ALL THAT

Wait for television. If you must see it, I would suggest skipping it.

It's like a skeleton in the closet film that gets regular airplay

Grade: D

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